The smoke is clearing from an explosive Mueller investigation weekend of charges, chattering, and tweets. Before the next aftershock, it might be helpful to make three points about where things stand. In ascending order of importance, they are: 1.) There is a great deal of misinformation in the commentariat about how prosecutors build cases. 2.) For all practical purposes, the collusion probe is over. While the “counterintelligence” cover will continue to be exploited so that no jurisdictional limits are placed on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, this is now an obstruction investigation. 3.) That means it is, as it has always
Comments: Not if we retain control of the house. Are you listening, Steve Bannon?
The Resistance, the criminals pursuing this brazenly corrupt coup attempt, should keep in mind that, should they ever even touch President Trump, a veritable ocean of armed and infuriated Deplorables are ready and eager to defend him....
This is not good. Mueller, as we´ve always suspected, is a swamp creature working to protect the swamp. And that means getting rid of President Trump. What is so different about Mueller´s investigation as opposed to the Scooter Libby persecution (not a typo) and Watergate, is that many millions of Americans are keenly aware of the far greater obstruction of justice by Comey/FBI/DOJ in regards to the Clinton email/server matter. Americans are also aware of the Uranium One Matter, in which the FBI hid damaging information about the Russian buyers. To watch Mueller and his band of merry Democrat aggressive litigators going after Mr. Trump, is not to watch justice. It is pure injustice.
Expect this farce to mutate from one thing to another as part of a calculated delaying tactic designed to get democRATs over the hump. String it along long enough and pretty soon voila! - another election where they are pinning their hopes on a democRAT win (with enough voter fraud) so that they can sweep eight years of absolute corruption under the rug and pretend like never even happened or just call it "old news"!
How could you call obstruction when it is so blatantly so obvious how corrupt and incompetent Comey was / is? The real investigation needs to be of the corrupt / weaponized FBI by the Obama administration. Obama, Comey, Holder, Mueller, etc. should be the new targets.
So, had this unconstitutional insurrection never taken place there could be no "obstruction of justice" claim possible?
This is beginning to remind me of 1986 when the the people of Arizona elected their 17th governor, Evan "Ev" Mecham who, as a car dealer, was well out of "mainstream politics." It only took a year before the leftist media made him into a crazed lunatic who needed to be removed from office. A young pol, the ´war hero´ John McCain was also opposed to Mecham´s existence in politics (interesting coincidence).
From Wikipedia re: Evan Meachum: "Having served from January 6, 1987, to April 4, 1988, Mecham was removed from office following conviction in his impeachment trial of charges of the obstruction of justice and the misuse of government funds – funds that Mecham maintained were private. A later criminal trial acquitted Mecham of related charges."
Of course the POTUS wields much more power than a governor, but this will clearly damage POTUS for 2020, and hurt the GOP chances in 2018. He´d better regain control of this situation quickly by exposing more lies and subversions on the part of Mueller and crew and the rest of the Deep State traitors. The GOPe has a choice here, there´s no sitting this one out on the sideline. You´re either IN this FIGHT or OUT and back home forever.
I dont understand why NOBODY doesnt pressure Rosenstein to place parameters on Muellers investigation. He got unlimited financing, unlimited powers to investigate, unlimited time, unlimited everything.
It just doesn´t make sense. I have no clue how I, an average citizen can see this (from the start) and how elected politicians CAN NOT or WILL NOT see this. Its as simple as ABC. This will eventually kill Trumps Presidency if it is let to go on like this forever.
I know that many American voters (and illegal immigrants and ex-cons) are stupid, but are most of the politicians this stupid too? Amazing, just amazing.
The real question here is how and why Republicans embraced the idea of a special prosecutor to begin with. And what in the world was in Session´s mind when he recused himself. This was a train wreck just waiting to happen. Only an idiot wouldn´t have seen the steam and heard the chug chug chug. And now we hear the whistle blow. Is it any wonder?
He kids let me help you out and save you a whole lot of hard work if you want an obstruction conviction. Word on the street has it some dame used some sort of a cloth to clean hard drives wiping out some 30,000 emails of evidence while she was under investigation. Why spot up for a long jump shot when you have a layup right in front of you. Just trying to help.
So far, this is going the way the Dems want. They got the DOJ to recuse himself, so he cant get involved in the inter workings of Mueller´s team. Andy may be correct that the Obstruction of Justice avenue may be the most detrimental to Trump, but only if Sessions allows the farce of an investigation to continue.
Seems to me, its a race to see what truths come out against Hillary and her crimes, before Mueller can cobble together his justification for his existence. Lets expose it all and see who actually deserves to be in jail!
You can thank that feckless, incompetent wimp, Jeff Sessions, for enabling this catastrophe. What is the world is wrong with him? Reminds me of John Roberts/0bamacare. And why is there no great reaction from our weak Republican Congress to end this all Democrat stacked, prejudiced "investigation?"
Since neither the Flynn single count guilty plea nor fhe Manafort indictments have nothing, nada, to do with Russian - Trump collusion, shouldn´t Jeff Sessions end his recusal? Mueller can keep interrogating everyone in the WH, including the tourists who pass through, but nothing of substance will come of it, and both Mueller and Sessions know this. So, end this now stale recusal so that Sessions can investigate Clinton, Obama, Comey and ironically, Mueller, for Uranium One and other scandals.
Get out and vote in November ´18. If an increased Republican majority with greater portion of Trumpers in it is returned it is the end of the matter. With the passage of tax reform that is exactly what it is beginning to look like. A Democrat House and impeachment will be the first order of business in January ´19. Simple as that. This whole thing has always been political and will continue to be so. It will not go away by cursing at the ´Rat Party, Deep State, Mueller or whatever.
PDT supporters will not allow any obstruction of justice nonsense. The whole case is based on leftist hypotheticals, not a single fact. I hope Trump fires Mueller, whose whole existence is based on a lying dossier that was made up by the Democrats.
#16 I´ve thought that as well. However, it doesn´t fit with Sessions´ character. Although, it may be he´s not as ruthless as need be for the job. Personally, I think, he´s there as a shill trying to gather as much information as possible about the corrupt DOJ and FBI. Also, timing is everything. Trump will let him go at the right time. Now is not the right time.
I think one of the fascinating and slightly sad, side notes from this weekend, was to find out conclusively it isn´t just PDT tweeting. The way he makes the Lefties and Never Trumpers fly off into fits of Apoplexia, has been a very amusing, and humorous sight to behold. He really should have been having to pay rent for all the time he and his Twitter feed trolling team has spent in their heads. They´ve been magnificent. Alas, unless the Lefties and GOPe keep up with all their over the top overreactions, now that it´s known, this form of entertainment may be over. A shame. Been a great couple years of trolling... The dude is a master.
Where, oh where, is the AG???? Is he being played by Rosenstein who added a little clause to the investigation ´and all other´ which gave Mueller carte blanche, or is the AG in on all this anti Trump fever???
I have lost all trust in the AG who really is in over his head or his behavior is helping crooked Rosenstein and Mueller. I believe it´s time for Sessions to either un-recuse himself or recuse himself and go!
If I walk into a bank and hand a teller a withdrawal slip and she calls the police and says I was robbing the bank and my dad tells the cops to to pound sand and close down the investigation because the bank was never robbed .... is my dad guilty of obstruction of justice when there was no crime to begin with .... just asking ....
I don´t like Trump´s Lawyer. Talk about waving a red flag. Most Americans want EVERYONE accountable to the Law - perhaps especially th man in charge. It came across very Elitist for him to declare the President can´t be charged with obstruction. Even true-blue Trumpists might have trouble with that one.
That said, if the Washington Elites try to engineer a coup, I think this time there will be blood in the streets. Americans want change, we want accountability that has been sorely lacking for decades.
So far as the media goes, I would not cry a tear if every one of their stations and outlets burned to the ground. They stopped being guardians of Liberty long ago. Now they´re merely hacks. Anyone who buys the line that a reporter´s duty is to shape public opinion has taken lessons from Goebbels and Alinsky.
If the wimpy congressional Republicans were to go along with impeaching President Trump on what has been laid out here they would be committing political suicide. The Democrats set up this bogus politically based “obstruction investigation” before President Trump even assumed office. This “matter” needs to end, pronto!
The fake republicans allowed this to happen. I have always thought McCain was behind this special council. People are shaking their heads at all the crimes Hillary & OBama have committed with no consequences. Obana’s Team illegally Tapped Flynn’s phone while he’ s on vacation & off we go to a 150 million $$$ 100% Democrat investigation of nothing. Blame the republicans for this fake mess because of their hatred for Trump. They are destroying the country, not Trump.
"Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies," wrote the NeverTrump conservative Max Boot in the New York Times a week or so before the president took office. "Consumed by his paranoia about the deep state, Donald Trump has disappeared into the fog of his own conspiracy theories," declared the Times´ Maureen Dowd. "Paranoia seizes Trump´s White House," reported Politico, noting the suspicion that "career intelligence operatives are working to undermine the new president." Actually, they were. "It´s no mystery why Trump doesn´t trust U.S. intelligence agencies," Bloomberg´s Eli Lake wrote last month. "As the old saying goes:
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Let´s begin with some accusations. They are well founded and as credible as any against Roy Moore – perhaps more so. The FBI´s first director, J. Edgar Hoover, was reputed to have compiled incriminating dossiers on just about every top office-holder in Washington, D.C., up to and including the presidents, under several of whose tenures Hoover served. Whenever there was talk of firing him, Hoover reportedly met with the contemporary chief of state and persuaded him to retain him (Hoover) in his post. Regarding President Kennedy, there was surely a great deal in the dossier, especially as concerned his scandalous